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Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Release Date, Story Details & Cast

Warning! SPOILERS ahead for 3Below: Tales of Arcadia season 2.

The next installment in Netflix’s Tales of Arcadia is Wizards – here’s everything we know about the upcoming series. The first two series in the animated anthology from Guillermo del Toro and DreamWorks Animation, Trollhunters and 3Below, establish the town of Arcadia and the strange happenings that take place there. With Wizards, the anthology series will come to a close, bringing together characters from both prior shows for a grand finale.

Trollhunters introduces Jim Lake, the first human Trollhunter who along with his friends must protect both the humans and trolls of Arcadia from an ancient evil. In 3Below, two alien royals, Aja and Krel, crash land in Arcadia and must work alongside their human (and one troll) friends to protect their new home from invasion. Now in Wizards, the characters of these two shows will come together in order to defeat some as-of-yet unknown enemy that is threatening to destroy not just Arcadia, but the whole world!

Related: Will There Be A 3Below Season 3? Here’s What’s Next For Netflix’s Tales of Arcadia

Here’s everything we know and expect for Wizards: Tales of Arcadia.

Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Release Date

Neither Netflix nor DreamWorks Animation has announced a premiere date for Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, but the series is expected to debut on the streaming service in Fall 2019. As the concluding chapter in Tales of Arcadia, it isn’t yet known whether the series will have more than one season. However, given that Trollhunters ran for three seasons, 3Below for two, and with Wizards being the culmination of the entire anthology, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if Wizards is just a one season show.

The Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Cast

As the final chapter in Tales of Arcadia, Wizards is expected to reunite most if not all the characters introduced on 3Below and Trollhunters. This would include Aja (Tatiana Maslany), Krel (Diego Luna), and Varvatos Vex (Nick Offerman) as well as Jim (Emile Hirsch), Claire (Lexi Medrano), Toby (Charlie Saxton), Blinky (Kelsey Grammer), and AAARRRGGHH!!! (Fred Tatasciore). Additionally, the many residents of Arcadia who have had minor roles on both series will likely also appear in Wizards.

As for cast members we know will return for Wizards, only Steve Palchuk (Steven Yeun) and Eli Pepperjack (Cole Sand) are confirmed to appear – making them the only characters to have been in all three Tales of Arcadia series. Also expected to return is Merlin (David Bradley), which makes perfect sense seeing as he’s the only actual wizard to have been so far introduced.

The Story of Wizards: Tales of Arcadia

Specific details about Wizards: Tales of Arcadia‘s story have not been released, but the final scene in 3Below season 2 does hint at what’s to come. In that scene, Toby, Steve, and AAARRRGGHH!!! run into a talking black cat who warns them that the world as they know it is about to end. By now, a world-ending threat in Arcadia is nothing new, but being forewarned about it by a wizard’s familiar doesn’t bode well. Also, the only known wizard is Merlin, and he didn’t have a familiar in Trollhunters let alone a black cat familiar. So who is the cat working for? That’s a question Wizards is sure to answer, possibly even revealing more magic-users in the process.

In addition to that teasing final scene, an earlier moment in 3Below season 2 may provide more clues about what will happen in Wizards. During season 2, episode 11, “Race to Trollmarket”, Toby reaches out to Jim and Blinky for help, and during their conversation (relayed over video) Jim is seen fighting a mysterious figure clad head to toe in white armor. There’s no character who fits that description, but the armor looks reminiscent of the armor worn by both Merlin and Morgana – the evil enchantress and primary villain of Trollhunters. If Morgana has returned, this white knight might be working for her, and it may be she who is threatening to (again) end the world.

Along with these more overt hints at what may be in store on Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, another scene in 3Below season 2 reveals that the Akiridians and trolls actually first met hundreds of years ago. With Del Toro suggesting that Wizards will tie together the mythology of both Trollhunters and 3Below, it seems likely that there are some bigger secrets to still be revealed.

More: 3Below Season 2’s Ending Sets Up New Arcadia Show Wizards


2019-07-14 05:07:15

Sarah Moran

Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Release Date, Story Details & Cast

Warning! SPOILERS ahead for 3Below: Tales of Arcadia season 2.

The next installment in Netflix’s Tales of Arcadia is Wizards – here’s everything we know about the upcoming series. The first two series in the animated anthology from Guillermo del Toro and DreamWorks Animation, Trollhunters and 3Below, establish the town of Arcadia and the strange happenings that take place there. With Wizards, the anthology series will come to a close, bringing together characters from both prior shows for a grand finale.

Trollhunters introduces Jim Lake, the first human Trollhunter who along with his friends must protect both the humans and trolls of Arcadia from an ancient evil. In 3Below, two alien royals, Aja and Krel, crash land in Arcadia and must work alongside their human (and one troll) friends to protect their new home from invasion. Now in Wizards, the characters of these two shows will come together in order to defeat some as-of-yet unknown enemy that is threatening to destroy not just Arcadia, but the whole world!

Related: Will There Be A 3Below Season 3? Here’s What’s Next For Netflix’s Tales of Arcadia

Here’s everything we know and expect for Wizards: Tales of Arcadia.

Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Release Date

Neither Netflix nor DreamWorks Animation has announced a premiere date for Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, but the series is expected to debut on the streaming service in Fall 2019. As the concluding chapter in Tales of Arcadia, it isn’t yet known whether the series will have more than one season. However, given that Trollhunters ran for three seasons, 3Below for two, and with Wizards being the culmination of the entire anthology, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if Wizards is just a one season show.

The Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Cast

As the final chapter in Tales of Arcadia, Wizards is expected to reunite most if not all the characters introduced on 3Below and Trollhunters. This would include Aja (Tatiana Maslany), Krel (Diego Luna), and Varvatos Vex (Nick Offerman) as well as Jim (Emile Hirsch), Claire (Lexi Medrano), Toby (Charlie Saxton), Blinky (Kelsey Grammer), and AAARRRGGHH!!! (Fred Tatasciore). Additionally, the many residents of Arcadia who have had minor roles on both series will likely also appear in Wizards.

As for cast members we know will return for Wizards, only Steve Palchuk (Steven Yeun) and Eli Pepperjack (Cole Sand) are confirmed to appear – making them the only characters to have been in all three Tales of Arcadia series. Also expected to return is Merlin (David Bradley), which makes perfect sense seeing as he’s the only actual wizard to have been so far introduced.

The Story of Wizards: Tales of Arcadia

Specific details about Wizards: Tales of Arcadia‘s story have not been released, but the final scene in 3Below season 2 does hint at what’s to come. In that scene, Toby, Steve, and AAARRRGGHH!!! run into a talking black cat who warns them that the world as they know it is about to end. By now, a world-ending threat in Arcadia is nothing new, but being forewarned about it by a wizard’s familiar doesn’t bode well. Also, the only known wizard is Merlin, and he didn’t have a familiar in Trollhunters let alone a black cat familiar. So who is the cat working for? That’s a question Wizards is sure to answer, possibly even revealing more magic-users in the process.

In addition to that teasing final scene, an earlier moment in 3Below season 2 may provide more clues about what will happen in Wizards. During season 2, episode 11, “Race to Trollmarket”, Toby reaches out to Jim and Blinky for help, and during their conversation (relayed over video) Jim is seen fighting a mysterious figure clad head to toe in white armor. There’s no character who fits that description, but the armor looks reminiscent of the armor worn by both Merlin and Morgana – the evil enchantress and primary villain of Trollhunters. If Morgana has returned, this white knight might be working for her, and it may be she who is threatening to (again) end the world.

Along with these more overt hints at what may be in store on Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, another scene in 3Below season 2 reveals that the Akiridians and trolls actually first met hundreds of years ago. With Del Toro suggesting that Wizards will tie together the mythology of both Trollhunters and 3Below, it seems likely that there are some bigger secrets to still be revealed.

More: 3Below Season 2’s Ending Sets Up New Arcadia Show Wizards


2019-07-14 05:07:15

Sarah Moran

Mindhunter Season 2: Release Date & Story Details | ScreenRant

Netflix’s serial killer drama series Mindhunter season 2 releases this summer, and here’s everything we know. Written by Joe Penhall (The Road) and Jennifer Haley (Hemlock Grove), and directed by David Fincher (Zodiac), Mindhunter stars Jonathan Groff as Holden Ford, an ambitious young FBI agent with a hunger to get to the heart of what makes serial killers tick.

In season 1, Holden gave his colleagues in the Behavioral Science Unit, Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) increasing cause for concern as he went to great lengths to put serial killers at ease in order to earn their trust. Mindhunter is based on a book of the same name by former FBI agent John Douglas, who interviewed some of America’s most notorious serial killers, including Edmund Kemper, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy.

Related: Mindhunter: How Much of the Series Is Real?

Mindhunter season 1 dug into the chilling psychology of some of these killers, and it was popular enough with audiences and critics alike to garner a second season. While Netflix confirmed Mindhunter season 2 way back in November 2017 – with Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Robert Ford by the Coward Jesse James) and Carl Franklin (House of Cards) joining Fincher in directing – getting it in front of audiences has been quite the journey. So what should fans expect from Mindhunter season 2?

Last updated: July 14, 2019

Filming for Mindhunter season 2 began in summer 2018 and wrapped in early December. Even though production wrapped late last year, Netflix has been waiting for the opportune moment to release the new season. After producer Charlize Theron let it slip that Mindhunter season 2 would release sometime in August, Fincher later confirmed August 16 as the official release date.

David Fincher has confirmed that Mindhunter season 2 will look at the Atlanta child murders, a series of killings between 1979 and 1981, in which 28 African-American children, teens, and young adults were murdered. Chillingly, while Wayne Williams was convicted for two of the murders, John Douglas believes that there were other offenders and Williams himself maintains his innocence to this day.

As in season 1, Mindhunter season 2 will deal with multiple different serial killers – including Charles Manson, who will be played by Damon Herriman. Herriman is also playing Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. According to casting breakdowns, the second season of the show will also feature David Berkowitz a.k.a. The Son of Sam, Tex Watson, Elmer Wayne Hanley, William Pierce Jr., William Henry Henry, and Paul Bateson.

Mindhunter season 2 will also continue the series’ over-arching storyline related to Dennis Rader a.k.a. the BTK Killer (Sonny Valicenti). The goal of the Behavioral Science Unit’s work is to figure out how captured serial killers’ minds work in order to more efficiently track down at-large serial killers and put a stop to their murder sprees. However, since Rader wasn’t apprehended until 2005, viewers probably shouldn’t expect that particular storyline to be resolved in season 2.

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2019-07-14 05:07:12

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Loki TV Show: Release Date Info, Story Details, & Cast

Thor’s brother Loki, the god of mischief, is getting his own TV show on Disney+, so here’s everything we know about it so far. Tim Hiddleston has so far played Loki in six Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, starting with 2011’s Thor and most recently appearing in Avengers: Endgame during a “time heist” that revisited the events of The Avengers. Loki has been everything from an untrustworthy ally to an outright villain in the Marvel movies, but now he’ll be the star of his very own series.

Loki‘s showrunner is Michael Waldron, who previously worked on Community and Rick and Morty, so we can probably expect him to bring some comedy elements to the show. Currently Loki is being planned as a miniseries, but there’s always the possibility of a continuation into multiple seasons if it proves successful.

Related: The Problem With Loki In Marvel Phase 4

He may be a rascal, but Loki is as well-loved as any of the Avengers (perhaps even more), and fans are eager to see him back on the screen. From release date information to plot details, here’s everything we know about Loki so far.

Disney+ is set to launch in the United States on November 12, 2019, but Loki won’t be available on the streaming service immediately. In fact, the show is still quite a long way off. Along with WandaVision, Loki is being planned for Year 2 – meaning that it will release some time between November 2020 and November 2021. There are two scripted Marvel series being planned for Year 1 of Disney+: team-up show Falcon & Winter Soldier, and animated series What If…?

Fans who watched Loki die (admittedly not for the first time) in Avengers: Infinity War may be confused by him returning in a TV show – but it’s easily explained. According to the official synopsis, Loki follows Thor’s unruly (adopted) brother as he “pops up throughout human history as [an] unlikely influencer on historical events.” It’s possible that the version of Loki we’ll see in the show is one from the timeline where he escaped Avengers custody with the Tesseract, and that he interferes with human history via his own means of time travel. Alternatively, this may be a prequel series set prior to the events of Thor, with Loki dropping by Earth to meddle whenever he gets bored. Whichever is the case, the first image from the show confirmed that one episode will see Loki popping up in the 1975 – based on Jaws playing in theaters.

It’s still early days for Loki, which may not start filming for a year or more, so there hasn’t been any news regarding supporting cast members. Hiddleston will reprise his role as Loki as the series’ lead, and it would be surprising if Chris Hemsworth didn’t at least drop in for a cameo, given his love of side projects like Team Thor.

More: Every Exclusive Movie & TV Show Coming To Disney Plus


2019-07-14 04:07:41

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Big Bang Theory: 10 Hidden Details About The Main Characters Everyone Missed

The Big Bang Theory ended its 12th and final season this year. But the show still lives on within our hearts, and through re-runs, of course. For diehard fans, there aren’t may days that go by when we don’t wonder what our favorite gang of nerds is up to. What would they be doing now?

Now that the show is done, though, there is plenty of time to dig through old episodes and take a look at things we may have missed. Like many long-running shows, there are tons of Easter Eggs and small references that make sense in retrospect. As a result, we’ve found plenty of hidden details throughout the show that takes a true, hardcore fan to truly notice. Take a look at these interesting hidden details about all of the main characters.

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10 BERNADETTE’S VOICE CHANGES

Bernadette is known for her high-pitched, squeaky voice. In an interview on The Rubin Report, Melissa Rauch stated that she chose to model her signature squeaky voice after her mother’s voice. But it wasn’t always like that. When Bernadette first appears on the show, her voice is different. We first meet her in season three, episode five, “The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary” when Penny sets her up with Howard. At this point, she does not have her signature voice and is speaking in Rauch’s regular voice. This goes on for a few episodes until she suddenly develops the squeakier tone. According to some interviews with Rauch over the years, she developed it to give her character a more fun edge. There’s just no real explanation why it just suddenly starts like this when she originally spoke normally.

9 PENNY’S FULL NAME IS PENELOPE

This was a very small reveal that they mentioned just once, and if you didn’t catch it you may have never realized it. In season two, episode three, “The Barbarian Sublimation,” Penny becomes addicted to the online game Age of Conan. As with many addictive online role-playing games, her obsession consumes her life. Sheldon relentlessly tries to get her to stop bothering him. When Leonard heads across the hall to talk to her, Penny is clearly very annoyed and states, “Queen Penelope AFK.” This reveals not only that her screen name is Queen Penelope, but that Penny is short for Penelope. However, it’s only ever used this one time throughout the entire series.

8 ALL OF THE BLOSSOM REFERENCES

In season six, episode five, “The Holographic Excitation,” Sheldon and Amy are trying to decide what couple’s costume to go as for Halloween. They are arguing in front of a Venn diagram on Sheldon’s whiteboard, and under Amy’s column if you look closely you can see “Blossom and Joey” written down. Mayim Bialik, the actress who plays Amy, actually played Blossom Russo on the ’90s sitcom. Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard, was also part of the main cast of Blossom back in the day.

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This isn’t the first time someone mentions Blossom, either. In season one, episode three, “The Bat Jar Conjecture,” the gang is trying to find a replacement for Sheldon on their Physics Bowl team, and Raj suggests getting “TV’s Blossom” because he heard that she is a real-life neuroscientist and is actually really smart (she is). Leonard calls him out and tells him, “We’re not getting TV’s Blossom to join our Physics Bowl team.” This takes place long before Bialik joins the cast, so it’s either a super pre-planned joke, or a happy coincidence.

7 THE GANG IS ALWAYS WEARING DC COSTUMES

Every time the guys are shown dressed up in costumes, it’s always a DC character. You’ve got Sheldon in his Flash costume, which shows up repeatedly over the years. During the first season, in episode six, “The Middle-Earth Paradigm,” Penny invites the guys to a Halloween party. When they’re getting ready to head over, they all realize they chose Flash costumes and argue over who has to change. In season four, episode 11, “The Justice League Recombination,” the guys enter a contest at the comic book store dressed as the Justice League of America. Raj is dressed as Aquaman, which isn’t the only time he wears that costume, either. Later on, when trying to earn money for Comic-Con tickets, Raj wears it to promote the comic book store.

All of this DC fandom isn’t an accident. The Big Bang Theory is owned by CBS, which is part of Warner Bros., who also own DC Comics.

6 LEONARD’S GLASSES DON’T HAVE LENSES

If you look very closely, you may notice that Leonard’s glasses never actually have lenses in them. That’s because Johnny Galecki doesn’t actually wear glasses in real life, but Leonard does wear them. Galecki told The Huffington Post that he originally wanted Leonard to wear glasses, and began showing up at rehearsals with fake glasses. The producers had originally thought he was just wearing them for rehearsals, but he insisted Leonard should have glasses. Perhaps it was to cement his nerdy stereotype. Either way, this was a character-defining accessory. However, Galecki soon realized that since Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon, is so much taller than him. So, there was a glare on the lenses every time he had to look up at him. He decided to pop the lenses out. From that point on, no lenses existed. And that’s that.

5 PENNY’S FRIDGE HAS PICTURES OF KALEY CUOCO WITH ACTORS ON THE BIG BANG THEORY SET

Next time you watch a scene in Penny’s kitchen, take a look at the fridge. You can see pictures of her with Johnny Galecki, Mayim Bialik, and Melissa Rauch. There are also a ton of the behind-the-scenes crew members. This works, since many of those people are characters on the show and it’s realistic that Penny would want to have pictures with them on her fridge. The behind-the-scenes folks pass as Penny’s friends. Once Amy and Sheldon moved into that apartment and Penny moved across the hall, the fridge became noticeably bare. However, those pictures did end up on Penny and Leonard’s fridge and you can still see them in certain scenes.

4 ALL OF THE ACTION FIGURES IN HOWARD’S ROOM ARE FEMALES

This one shouldn’t really surprise anyone. Howard’s childhood bedroom is full of female action figures. There is a strong lack of male figures. Noticeable figures include Princess Leia, Wonder Woman, and Batgirl. Look closely at the side table on the right side of the bed, and you’ll see tons of female heads sticking up. This is also on top of the posters of various women, from Marilyn Monroe to Betty Boop (and the infamous Halle Berry poster on the ceiling). For a guy known for being girl-crazy, this just fits the bill.

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3 SHELDON AND LEONARD’S APARTMENT FLAG IS ON THE FRIDGE

Okay, so we all know Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment flag. It’s a blue background with a gold lion. They have it in a real flag form, but it’s also on the fridge in magnet form. During tense moments, like when two characters are fighting, the flag magnet is actually shown upside down. In the flashback episode to the day Leonard moved in, Sheldon explains to him that the flag should never be upside down unless in times of distress. In season ten, episode ten, “The Property Division Collision,” Leonard and Sheldon are arguing over their divided property and Leonard ends up draping himself in the flag naked to anger Sheldon.

2 PENNY BECAME A BARTENDER BECAUSE KALEY CUOCO BROKE HER LEG

Most people know that Kaley Cuoco is a huge horseback riding enthusiast and owns several horses. In 2010, she broke her leg in a horseback riding accident. According to Cuoco, she fell off her horse and was fine, until the horse stepped on her leg and broke it. Instead of writing it in the script, the producers chose to have her take on some bartending shifts at the Cheesecake Factory so they could shoot her from the waist up. So, if you’re wondering why the sudden jump to bartending in season four, that’s why. Seems like a pretty simple fix. We’re glad she was okay – that could have been a lot worse.

1 AMY’S MOM WAS RECAST

For those who have watched the show all the way through, you know that the marvelous Kathy Bates played Amy’s over-the-top mother. However, the first time we meet Amy’s mom, it’s a different actress. It seems as though the personalities changed as well, because the first time Amy’s mom shows up, she’s very quiet and timid. And we know that Kathy Bates’ version was anything but that. This isn’t something that a lot of people noticed, but it definitely happened.

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2019-07-14 03:07:48

Lesley Cornelius

One Punch Man Season 3 Release Date & Story Details | ScreenRant

Here’s what to expect from One-Punch Man season 3. Based on the manga series by ONE and Yusuke Murata, the One-Punch Man anime has enjoyed popularity with both Japanese and Western audiences and recently wrapped up its second season. Where One-Punch Man‘s debut season focused on establishing the core characters of Saitama, Genos and the Heroes Association, season 2 moved towards a more traditional story structure, establishing Orochi as an overarching antagonist.

Additionally, One-Punch Man season 2 introduced the series’ first antihero, Garou, and spent several episodes developing supporting figures such as Bang, Fubuki and King but ended on somewhat of a strange note, with Saitama defeating Elder Centipede and Garou being abducted by new villains, the Monster Association. Despite receiving a more mixed critical reaction, One-Punch Man‘s second season was massively popular and thoughts now begin to turn towards season 3.

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A post on the official One-Punch Man Twitter account (translated via Comicbook) confirmed that a third season was being planned, but there remains no confirmation of a release date. Many fans were disappointed by the almost four-year wait between One-Punch Man‘s first and second seasons, but the gap is unlikely to be as long this time around since the considerable season 2 delay was caused by a complete overhaul in animation staff and a switch in studio. If the current team remain in place for One-Punch Man season 3, then fans may be able to optimistically hope for a release in the latter half of 2020, with 2021 perhaps slightly more realistic.

However, it’s possible that fan pressure could cause yet more staff changes and another long absence. One-Punch Man‘s first season was directed by animation legend, Shingo Natsume, and the visuals he produced for the series played a significant role in its popularity. Under a different studio, One-Punch Man‘s season 2 art and animation has been widely criticized and, while nowhere near as lackluster as some would suggest, there has certainly been a deterioration in that department.

For this reason, a group of fans are petitioning for One-Punch Man‘s third season to rehire Natsume and the old team and, if this request is granted, a release sometime in late 2022 could become likely.

The Monster Association played a sizeable role in One-Punch Man season 2, but the anime has barely begun to scratch the surface on this band of madcap villains. Using the manga series as a reference point, One-Punch Man season 3 will mostly deal with the Heroes Association launching an attack on their evil counterparts, with all the major S-Class heroes infiltrating their hideout and engaging in one-on-one battles.

This should mean that season 3 is an action-packed affair with plenty of epic fight scenes, however Saitama’s lack of screen time is set to continue and Genos may also be largely absent in the next season of One-Punch Man. Following the defeat of Elder Centipede, the manga focuses heavily on characters such as Child Emperor, Atomic Samurai and Garou, and introduces a raft of new Monsters. Fortunately, Saitama also takes part in the mission, albeit secretly, and fans can therefore expect at least some degree of caped baldness.

Despite the attractive promise of continuous fight scenes, One-Punch Man won’t lose its trademark sense of humor in season 3, if the manga is any indication. As well as some of the monsters themselves proving to be rich sources of comedy, the battles are interlaced with some more “slice of life” style material that sees an annoyed Saitama attempt to adjust to the ever-growing circle of friends turning up at his apartment.

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2019-07-13 05:07:17

Craig Elvy

Avengers: Endgame’s Josh Brolin Reveals Details of His MCU Contract

Thanos actor Josh Brolin talks about the status of his MCU contract with the upcoming release of Avengers: Endgame. Marvel Studios had been teasing Thanos as early as the first Thor, with his first on-screen appearance in 2012’s The Avengers. But it wasn’t until 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy that the Mad Titan first got a part in a film that’s basically not a glorified cameo. Even after that, the public had to wait four more years before he properly debuted in last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Fortunately, between the actor’s acting and the impressive CG-work on the giant purple villain, he was an instant hit.

Infinity War ended with Thanos accomplishing his goal – successfully wiping out half of life in the universe with the use of the completed Infinity Gauntlet with the hopes of bringing balance to it. It was the first time that the MCU heroes suffer real defeat and they intend to make an epic comeback in Endgame. With that, the upcoming Joe and Anthony Russo-directed and Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus-written intends to put the heroes on offense and Thanos on defense. But regardless of what happens in the film, will fans still see the Mad Titan around in the franchise? Brolin offers some information with regard to that matter in a new interview.

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Speaking with Variety during the Endgame Hollywood premiere, Brolin was asked about how many more MCU films he’s signed up for. The actor was initially playful with his answer, but he eventually revealed that he’s on a per-film status which means that after Avengers 4, it’s up in the air whether or not he’ll return in future movies. “10. For the next 10 years, doing one a year. Kevin Feige, by the way, you hear that? No, I’m good. I’m on a one movie to one movie basis so we’ll see what happens after this movie,” he revealed. That said, the actor seemed eager to continue playing the role based on how gratifying and pleasant his experience was on portraying the character. “It’s a character that turned out to be sympathetic that nobody thought would be sympathetic and that was really nice. It turned into a multi-dimensional character and nobody thought it was supposed to be,” he explained.

Whether or not fans will see Thanos in the MCU past Endgame remains to be seen, but for Brolin, he’s not going anywhere just yet. With Disney’s successful acquisition of Fox’s TV and movie assets, the rights to X-Men, Fantastic Four and all their tie-in characters are back with Marvel – that includes Deadpool. Brolin also plays Nathan Summers aka Cable in the Ryan Reynolds-spearheaded franchise and with Marvel Studios head honcho going on the record to say that they have no plans of changing the course of the series, chances are that the time-traveling mutant will continue to appear in future films like the in-development spin-off, X-Force and maybe even Deadpool 3 depending on its story.

Considering the nature of the MCU, it’s not outside the realm of possibility to see Brolin as Thanos again moving forward. It would be such a waste to not bring him back after years of build up to the character and eventually nailing his introduction. While Infinity War devoted much of its time fleshing out the character and Avengers: Endgame potentially continuing it, there’s still so much that’s unknown about the Mad Titan. With his origins tied to the upcoming film The Eternals, one would think that it won’t be difficult to integrate him in future storytelling in whatever way possible.

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Source: Variety


2019-04-25 11:04:11

Ana Dumaraog

David Harbour Details How Hellboy Would Approach a Fight With Thanos

New Hellboy star David Harbour has revealed how his demonic superhero character would be able to defeat Marvel’s Mad Titan Thanos. First created by Mike Mignola back in 1993, Hellboy has become a cult favorite character thanks to his many appearances in Dark Horse Comics as well as the two Hellboy movies made by Guillermo del Toro. Hellboy’s return to the screen in 2019 has not gone well however, as the Hellboy reboot was met with scathing reviews by critics and yawns of indifference from the movie going public.

While Hellboy has largely failed to cross over to mainstream success as a movie character, the same can’t be said for Marvel Comics villain Thanos. After his devastating appearance in last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos has gone on to become an iconic movie villain on par with Darth Vader. Thanos is so popular in fact that many fans actually sympathize with him even though he wiped out half the people in the universe with his infamous snap. The Avengers of course have plans to bring down Thanos in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, and fans could not be more hyped to see how that final battle plays out.

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When it comes to defeating Thanos, Hellboy himself has some thoughts about how the Mad Titan could be tackled. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Hellboy actor David Harbour shared his ideas on how psychological tactics could be employed to undermine Thanos’ confidence and knock him off his game. Harbour said:

“I mean it’d be a good fight. That Thanos guy is pretty powerful, but I think Hellboy would win the emotional fight by just making fun of the very serious way he takes himself and the way he takes himself in his Malthusian philosophies. I think Hellboy would have a field day with that and cut him down to size with one-liners.”

Harbour certainly has a point about Hellboy being a much more humorous character than Thanos, who on the evidence provided in Infinity War has no sense of humor whatsoever. Harbour’s theory on how to beat Thanos now goes into the giant pile with all the other fan theories about how the Avengers will tackle the universe’s most powerful being in Endgame. The most popular recent Thanos fan theory, involving Ant-Man and a certain part of Thanos’ anatomy, seems only slightly less likely than the idea of beating the Mad Titan with cutting remarks. Somewhat more plausible is the theory that somehow the Avengers will get the Infinity Gauntlet away from Thanos and use it to defeat him. Another likely theory sees the Quantum Realm coming into play as the Avengers seek to gain an advantage on the all-powerful bad guy. Of course, coming off her debut in Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers is now on board as the Avengers’ secret weapon.

It remains to be seen how the Avengers will beat Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. As for Hellboy, it seems the cult favorite character is down for the count after the reboot bombed at the box office.

More: Hellboy 2019 Is The Opposite Of Venom – And That’s Why It Fails

Source: Entertainment Tonight


2019-04-17 08:04:15

Dan Zinski

Supernatural: 25 Hidden Details About Dean Winchester Only True Supernatural Fans Knew

“My name is Dean Winchester. I’m an Aquarius, I enjoy sunsets, long walks on the beach, and women.”

Dean Winchester started out as a stereotypical ‘Han Solo’ character. As seasons go on, the audience gets an in-depth look at the complex character, who usually put up a tough front.

Dean is a movie buff and a complete geek for things like Lord of the Rings, Startrek, and Disney. He’s afraid of snakes, gets squeamish around witchcraft, loves pie, and has never set foot on a beach. Dean, much like his fellow CW characters on The Vampire Diaries, is a cured vampire. He is also the only confirmed character to be able to see into the Fairy Realm.

As the big brother to Sam, he was often a parent. Cooking, cleaning, and managing the finances while John was off on a job. He spent his entire childhood training to be a hunter. His first hunt was before he was nine, he was never a child and had far more responsibility than most. “All he ever did was train you… boss you around. But Sam? Sam he doted on. Sam he loved. Dad knew who you really were… a good soldier and nothing else. Daddy’s blunt little instrument.” His attitude of putting Sam first has influenced every action Dean has made throughout life and is part of his lack of self-worth. “I don’t care what happens to me. I never really have. But I do care about what happens to my brother.”

25 FLY AWAY WITH ME

Dean spends much of his time pretending to be fearless. The truth is, despite going up against monsters and ghosts all his life he has a deep fear of flying. Sam was unaware of this fact until their first demon case and they need to go up on a plane, ready to crash. “It’s never really been an issue till now. Why do you think I drive everywhere Sam?!”

This particular flight only heightened his fear. The next time he went on a flight was to Scotland to bargain with Crowley, during which “he white-knuckled his way through four puke bags.” Only now, he’s also concerned about demonic influence: “Some nut job decided to try something. I was ready. I had a fork.”

24 GIDDY UP COWBOY

He is a huge cowboy fan. In Frontierland he has the opportunity to time travel back to 1861. Whilst this journey had some rude awakenings like the hygiene, law, and drink quality, it was still a wish-fulfillment moment for Dean when he became the sheriff of Sunrise, Wyoming. Sam claims that Dean is “obsessed” and “can recite every Clint Eastwood movie ever made, even the monkey movies.”

The second case was in Dodge City, Kansas. Dean put on his cowboy hat and forced one on Cas, getting Team Free Will set up in the “Wild Bill Suite.” The episode confirming cases of cowboy movie nights, forcing an angel to endure such classics as Tombstone: “the one with guns and tuberculosis.”

23 A LIFELONG MISSION

Dean was born January twenty-fourth, 1979 and became a hunter-in-training by the time he was four, when he lost his mother. His father John found his way to the hunters Missouri and Bobby, discovering the supernatural world. In a flashback with Sam’s Zanna, Sully, it’s confirmed that Dean went on his first hunting trip before he was nine, although he had faced monsters that came after Sam before that (Shtriga). Dean has only ever taken a year off hunting, so less than five years of his life were spent ‘normal.’ Despite his attempts to be normal his warrior upbringing wins out every time.

22 HE’S A LADIES MAN

In Afterschool Special the episode shows flashbacks of the boys’ time at Truman High in 1997. In this episode, Dean is portrayed as quite the ladies man. However, it soon becomes apparent that this story is more from Sam’s perspective, especially in the season nine episode: Bad Boys. Dean got done shoplifting Sam food and ended up in a boys home when he was sixteen. We discover Dean is actually awkward, learned a little guitar, wanted to be a rock star and had his first kiss with a girl called Robin while he was there. As the series goes on it’s easy to see that Dean isn’t quite as smooth as he and Sam think he is.

21 THE CHICAGO WAY

Dean has the monopoly on time travel in Supernatural, usually, this is thanks to angelic assistance, but in season seven Dean finds himself swallowed up by Cronus, the God of Time. He lands in 1944 Chicago and finds himself seated across the interrogation table with Elliot Ness.

Dean is a huge fan of Ness, and mentioned earning the title ‘Untouchable’ while he was there. “Untouchables is like one of my most favorite movies ever… I must’ve seen it like fifty times.” The movie is an adaptation of the takedown of Al Capone by Ness’ Prohibition enforcement team: The Untouchables. It isn’t until Dean is about to return home that Ness bestows the title, making Dean an honorary ‘Untouchable.’

20 BULLET NUMBER SIX

The Colt is a famous weapon made by tying its properties to a Devil’s Gate on the night of a comet, during The Battle of Alamo, able to vanquish all but five beings. When John explains the history of the Colt he says that Samuel Colt used “half a dozen bullets” out of the original thirteen (thought irreplaceable). Truthfully, Samuel only used five bullets and the sixth was used by Dean who went back in time to the fifth of March 1861 to destroy a Phoenix. Dean used three of the original thirteen.

19 DO YOU BELIEVE IN FAIRIES?

In Clap Your Hands If You Believe the boys think they’re investigating an actual UFO case. After Dean, the first born, is abducted by the “grabby incandescent [jerks],” they can no longer hide from his sight. After Dean went up against Tinkerbell whilst listening to Space Oddity they had to acknowledge it wasn’t aliens at all, but fairies. Whilst he may not have been there long he did cross over into the “Fairy realm”/Avalon. It isn’t entirely clear what happened to Dean or the other first-born sons when they were beamed away, but it did leave Dean with a handy ability.

18 BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY

When Dean went to the Pit at the end of the third season fans were left reeling, no one believing it would actually happen. For four earth months, he was harmed at the hands of Alistair. What followed was the best change the series has seen in its long run with the introduction of angels and Castiel, who “raised [Dean] from perdition.” Angels almost seldom came to Earth in at least 2000 years; this makes Dean the first person to be raised from the underworld by an angel in that time. This not only left him marked by Heaven and the Pit, but given the time difference downstairs his consciousness is forty years older than his biological age.

17 HE WAS BORN FOR THIS

Dean, whilst being “raised in the life,” still had moments of doubt. Particularly evident in Bad Boys when we see his younger self admit he dislikes hunting. In Bloodlust, Dean tells the hunter Gordon about the hunt that changed it all. He “picked up this crossbow and hit that ugly sucker.” While Sam waits in the car, he eliminates the body with his dad. He looked into that fire and Dean accepted his fate: “I’m sixteen years old. Kids my age are worried about pimples, prom dates. I’m seeing things that they’ll never even know, never even dream of. So right then, I just sort of… embraced the life.”

16 HE’S QUITE THE TECCHY

Dean’s childhood was hardly normal, and his skill set is centered around hunting. “I was six or seven and he took me shooting for the first time… I bulls-eyed every one of ‘em.” While John kept Sam’s soccer trophy, Dean found his dad kept his weaponry: “It’s my first sawed-off. Made it myself. Sixth grade.”

When Sam was at Stanford, Dean made an EMF Detector out of his Walkman to detect electromagnetic waves given off by spiritual activity. And, in the season one episode Hook Man, the common hunter’s trick of rock salt in the shotgun is revealed to have actually been Dean’s idea.

15 THE FIRST SON

Vanquishing demons was thought to be impossible by all hunters of John’s generation, the only exception being the mythological Colt. Dean was the first Winchester (and likely the first hunter since Colt) to destroy a demon. He was also the first hunter to take down a demon with Ruby’s knife (ancient demon knife of the Kurds), which he used to take down Ruby’s demon master, Astaroth. He was also the first person to ever eliminate a King/Prince of the Underworld (Azazel) and a Knight of the Underworld, Abbadon (Cain defeated the others, but was a demon at the time).

14 SOMETIMES HE FLIES SOLO

When Dean collects Sam from Stanford, the younger brother is surprised to find that Dean had been hunting alone. Dean hunted solo for years; he would have started at about twenty-two, starting sometime after Sam left for Stanford. The show mentions several cases Dean and John worked together (such as a poltergeist in Pennsylvania), but Dean was often on his own. A few solo jobs that were mentioned include the New Orleans voodoo case, two vatala, and the unknown monster that controlled Cole’s father. Very few hunters do jobs solo. It speaks to Dean’s ability that he managed on his own at such a young age.

13 SIXTHS TIMES THE CHARM

Dean Winchester has met his end more than anyone on the show, and technically Dean has taken his own life five times. He made a demon deal, a doctor stopped his heart so he could negotiate with Demise and he took pills to talk to Billie (reaper). All in order to save the life of his brother.

He also bargained with Billie to take the boys’ lives in order for them to escape a black site with the intention that one of them would permanently ‘retire’ afterward. Lastly, in light of losing his mother and Cas, he gave himself an injection to the heart to go to the veil.

12 EXOTIC COOKING

Dean is definitely the only cook in the Winchester clan. Without much money or instruction, or even a proper kitchen he would make sure Sam had dinner.

“My dad was always working so I came up with about 101 ways to make mac and cheese.” “Add ketchup for spice.” “Tuna, hotdogs, fluff marshmallow mix.” While they may not have been delicious his “brother thought it was exotic.” He was willing to make the best out little resources, often making truly bad meals, a trait he inherited from Mary. We soon realize that once Dean has access to an actual kitchen he enjoys cooking and is actually quite the chef.

11 BUT A MAN OF HIS WORD

In season four the difference between demons and angels is made very clear, even Lilith didn’t know how to destroy angels. Uriel claiming, “The only thing that can [end] an angel is another angel.”

However, this changes when Dean meets Zachariah, who he despises instantly. “Angel or not, I will stab you in your face.” Dean is a man of his word, because that is exactly what he did. This makes Dean quite possibly the first human (or demon) to ever vanquish an angel. Since then Dean has managed to take on multiple celestial enemies, including Lucifer himself.

10 WHEN I GROW UP

When Dean was younger he wanted no part in the family business. Since he was a kid he has wanted to be a fireman, a mechanic, and even a rock star. During his one year off he also spent time working in construction.

However, after being plunked into normal life and being exposed to a case even without his memories, it becomes clear that Dean is a natural strategist, leader, and warrior. “You’re a hunter. Not because your dad made you. Not because God called you back from hell. But because it is what you are. And you love it. You’ll find your way to it in the dark every single time and you’re miserable without it.”

9 SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES

In season one, Scarecrow, we get a glimpse of how Dean deals with witnesses on his own. After a very awkward attempt to try steer a couple away from danger, he mentions how his “brother, he’d give you this puppy dog look and you’d just buy right into it.” It becomes clearer over time that Dean struggles in social situations. He didn’t interact with other people in his youth very often, he generally spent his time looking after Sam or hunting with his dad. He did not have a real friend in all his young life. Although others were a part of life later on, like Ellen and Jo, his first real friend was Castiel, an angel. Cas is also incredibly awkward, a struggle Dean’s familiar with.

8 GREAT… BOOKS

Dean is very well read: he often mocks reading but has read most of the books in the bunker, Bobby’s house and reads in his spare time. He’s a big fan of Vonnegut and has read classics such as Aesop’s fables.

Dean is highly intelligent and well versed on lore. Back before the bunker, as far back as season one, he knew mythology from his father’s journal, such as the Wendigo, off by heart. In Phantom Traveller, he discusses the importance of biblical numerology in relation to a demonic plane crash. This isn’t a side of himself that he openly embraces, often leading Sam to be surprised when his brother knows something he assumes is more up his own ally.

7 TRUE BESTIES

Ironically, despite Dean being raised to hate the supernatural (a failing he begins to recognize in Bloodlust), his closest friend circle includes a fallen angel, a resurrected vampire, a werewolf, the King of Hades, and a centuries-old witch.

Whilst Cas is an angel, he’s made plenty mistakes, usually trying to do the right thing. Benny was a vampire Dean met in Purgatory; he willingly sacrificed himself to save Sam (who did not approve of him). Garth is a loveable hunter turned werewolf. Crowley and Dean been through a lot together and, despite his demonic ways, he will always come around to save Dean. And, of course, villain turned friend, the super witch, Rowena.

6 THE GOOD GUY ALWAYS WINS

Dean is huge movie buff, but he tends to hide his interests from people around him. He loves eighties horror movies: “I like to watch movies where I know the bad guy is gonna’ lose.” His favorite being “Hatchetman.” Dean also loves soap operas, particularly a parody of Grey’s Anatomy, set in “Seattle Mercy Hospital.” He is a secret fan of “chick flicks” and loves anime. He also deeply enjoys LARPING, after being introduced to “Moondoor” by Charlie. He’s also a fan of Scooby-Doo and even got zapped into an episode, becoming a cartoon.

5 POKER FACE

Hunting doesn’t exactly pay… at all. The boys run credit card scams for most of their finances, but to keep police off their tail their spending is limited to essentials. They swindle pool frequently and Dean occasionally plays poker. This is something he frequently did in his youth to try keep money going when John wasn’t back in time. Losing his money to these games then being forced to get food using “sticky fingers” is what got Dean sent to a boys home. Card games are a skill he learned from Bobby.

4 CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE

Dean spent a lovely night with a beautiful woman (Lydia) in season seven. It wasn’t until afterward that he realized she was an amazon, a ‘monster’/demi-god from Greek mythology. He also noticed the appearance of a surprisingly well-spoken baby who grew like Benjamin Button. “This morning, Emma was a baby. By sunset she’s Hannah Montana… early years.” Emma turned out to be Dean’s child, sent to dispatch of her father. Although her physical age was sixteen, she was only three days old. Whilst Dean was willing to help her and give her a chance, she ended up being put down by her uncle, Sam.

3 ONE IN THIRTEEN

In the first thirteen seasons, Sam has been possessed multiple times. However, with the exception of a parasitic monster, only one being has ever possessed Dean: the Archangel Michael.

“You’re my true vessel but not my only one… It’s a bloodline… Stretching back to Cain and Abel. It’s in your blood, you father’s blood, your family’s blood.”

In season five Dean was revealed to be the true vessel, every angel and demon assured he was “going to say yes.” It isn’t until the alternate Michael becomes the only option to stop a nephilium-charged Lucifer from destroying the universe, starting with Sam and Jack, that Dean fulfilled the prophecy.

2 I NEVER MISS A BEAT

It’s no secret Dean is a lover of music. He inherited his love of rock from his parents. When he’s stressed he hums Smoke On The Water to calm himself down. He also loves Led Zeppelin, an artist both his parents bonded over. Dean made a mix tape for Cas of his favourite Zeppelin hits when Cas lost his wings. He has been caught listening to music outside his typical ‘character’ rock multiple times. He often hides this, being a secret Taylor Swift fan, blasting Shake It Off in the impala.

1 LAST WORDS

The last thing Mary said to him before she perished was “Angels are watching over you.” Ever since, he has only ever believed that evil beings, like demons exist. He only believed in angels after he met Cas, ironically revealing that Dean was Heaven’s greatest weapon: The Holy Sword of Michael. She turned out to be right, although it ended up not being entirely positive. This is also something Kelly says to Jack (“You have angel watching over you.”) in her video to him.


2019-04-17 07:04:42

Annabelle Eirth

25 Wild Details About The Oprah Show

You don’t have to be a fan of talk shows to know who Oprah Winfrey is. The self-made superstar has her hands in many different soups and even those who don’t dabble in daytime television have come to know and respect her. There are so many things to love about her personality, from her giving nature and attentive attitude to her caring ways and helpful demeanor, Oprah has become a light that the world sorely needed. She currently has her own television station and creates a wide variety of things through her studio, Harpo. A lot of her content is informative, uplifting, and joyful. Simply put, she has a lot of fun showing the bright side of life and has spent much of her time giving back to her audience (and those less fortunate) over the years.

It all started with The Oprah Show, a daytime talk show that helped shine the light on a lot of issues (while still filled with lighthearted moments and Oprah’s signature giving attitude). Over the years, the bubbly host hasn’t been afraid to bump heads with loud personalities and has even had to put a few people in their place. Although her show currently isn’t airing anymore, it was a ton of fun from start to finish and some incredible memories were made along the way.

Fans may not know that a lot of wild things happened during Oprah’s daytime TV reign. From the time she wheeled a wagon of meat on stage to the time an episode almost made her quit production, there has been a lot to talk about concerning The Oprah Show.

25 She Reamed A Fraudulent Author On National TV

Oprah once included James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces in her Book Club. The memoir was a harrowing narrative about Frey’s struggles with substances, but many of the book’s claims about Frey’s life and relationships did not hold up under scrutiny.  After the book became a bestseller, Frey admitted that it was completely fabricated on Oprah’s show; he said that after he was unable to sell the novel to publishers as a work of fiction, he lied and pretended it was his life’s story. Oprah’s interview with Frey became a classic TV moment, and oddly enough, didn’t prevent him from rebranding and becoming a successful children’s author.

24 Roger Ebert Convinced Her To Become A TV Personality

Roger Ebert was one of the world’s foremost film critics, but he didn’t just have exquisite taste in movies – he also had exquisite taste in television hosts. While he was dating Oprah very early in her career, he convinced her that she should take a job as a host of a Chicago TV show, and the rest is history. While Ebert and Winfrey’s romantic relationship didn’t work out,  Winfrey’s career sure did. Ebert, who became a multi-millionaire in his own right, remained on good terms with Winfrey for years after their break-up.

23 Oprah Scored Some Of The Highest Ratings Ever With A Michael Jackson Interview

In early 1993, Michael Jackson was one of the biggest superstars in the world, but his album Dangerous was being eclipsed by his personal life, including his actual eccentricities – his pet chimpanzee, and his private amusement park – and false tabloid rumors about him.  Jackson’s refusal to give interviews only helped such stories to flourish. Jackson felt that he should go on TV to dispel some of the rumors about him, and who better to interview the King of Pop than the Queen of All Media? Winfrey’s interview with Jackson became the fourth highest rated television program of all time.

22 The Name Of Her Production Company Has  A Unique Backstory

If you’ve ever watched Oprah’s talk show or any of the programs on the OWN network, you may have noticed the name “Harpo Productions” come up. No, the company’s name is not a reference to Harpo Marx. Oprah chose the company’s name for two reasons. The first is that “Harpo” is “Oprah” spelled backward. The second is that in The Color Purple, Oprah played a woman married to a man named Harpo, and earned an Academy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in the process. The company has produced TV and popular films like Precious and Selma.

21 Her Interview With Tom Cruise Was A Pop Culture Phenomenon

Tom Cruise went on Oprah’s show to discuss his relationship with actress Katie Holmes, which had only recently become public knowledge. Cruise was apparently so enthusiastic about his love for Holmes that he unexpectedly started jumping up and down on Oprah’s couch to her obvious surprise and the delight of the in-studio audience. The clip became a pop culture phenomenon, inspiring numerous jokes and memes. It was even played on evening news shows. Oprah later said the moment was a sweet expression of Cruises’ love for his girlfriend and that she disliked the ridicule it inspired.

20 Oprah Sang Her Own Theme Song

Due to her prominence in televison, film, and the publishing industry, Oprah has been dubbed “Queen of All Media” but even her most ardent fans might not even know that she once made a minor foray into music. While Oprah said in her Michael Jackson interview that singing is not her forte, she nevertheless once sang her own theme song. Oprah’s first theme song was produced by the legendary Quincy Jones and was replaced by a cover of the Whitney Houston hit “I’m Every Woman, ” and later by a “Run On, ” a gospel-flavored track sung by Oprah herself.

19 She Once Wheeled Out A Wagon Of Fat On Her Show

In one of the most memorable moments of her show, or any show, Oprah decided to celebrate her dramatic weight loss by wheeling out a wagon filled with 67 pounds of fat. Oprah’s triumph over her excess weight was certainly inspiring but her method of highlighting her weight loss was, to say the least, a little unorthodox. In an interview, Oprah said that she lost the weight by eating nothing but liquid protein for several weeks. Afterward, she had her staff go to the Moo and Oink, a now-defunct Chicago meat company.

18 Oprah Regrets That Episode

Oprah would later (fittingly) describe the aforementioned episode the “biggest, fattest” mistake of her career. Years later, she recalled that “I had literally starved myself for four months, not a morsel of food, to get into that pair of size 10 Calvin Klein jeans. Two hours after that show, I started eating to celebrate [and], of course, within two days those jeans no longer fit!” Within a year, she gained 17 pounds back, and her weight has fluctuated in the years since. While she regrets the diet, she doesn’t seem to regret the unconventional way in which she celebrated it.

17 She Thought Her Book Club Was A Silly Idea

If Oprah is known for one thing besides her television shows, her roles in acclaimed drama films, or her outspoken activism, it’s probably her Book Club. Believe it or not, the Queen of All Media thought that venturing into this world was a ridiculous idea. When her producer Alice McGee pitched the concept of the Book Club to her in the 1990’s, she laughed at McGee, but later changed her mind and launched the Book Club late in 1996.  It would quickly become the biggest and most famous Book Club that the world had ever known.

16 The Book Club Has Had A Major Impact on the Publishing World

The first book selected for Oprah’s Book Club was Jacquelyn Mitchard’s The Deep End of the Ocean. The little known novel quickly became a national bestseller and was adopted into a Hollywood movie starring Michelle Pfeiffer. Since then, Oprah has chosen over sixty different books to be part of her Book Club, and each of them have experienced a major scale boost thanks to Oprah’s official seal of approval. The Book Club hasn’t been without its detractors; Jonathan Franzen, famously called the Great American Novelist, called Oprah’s selections “one dimensional” and hated that she endorsed one of his novels. However, this didn’t stop the Book Club from becoming a juggernaut.

15 Oprah Thought No One Would Watch A Show With A Host Like Her

In 1983, Oprah first relocated to Chicago so that she could host a show called AM Chicago, which would become The Oprah Winfrey Show within the next few years. She had some misgivings about her chances to gain prominence, telling producer Dennis Swanson she was not a “typical” host due to her race and weight. Despite this, Oprah recalled “I had no fear. I knew I was stepping into destiny in a way that I could not even explain for myself.” She was right, and her show and success became inspirational to millions across the world.

14 Barbara Walters Influenced Her Interviewing Style

Oprah Winfrey’s interviewing style is immaculate. She comes across as relatable and authoritative and is able to get people to reveal details about their life that they might not otherwise. While she spent the majority of her career as a talk show host, she would make a terrific news anchor if she ever decided to switch gears. Given how talented she is at conducting interviews, it shouldn’t be surprising that her interviewing style was influenced by one of the greats – Barbara Walters. Oprah says that she vigorously studied Walter’s interviews so that she could become an interviewer in her own right.

13 An Episode On Husbands Nearly Convinced Her To Quit Her Show

A controversial Oprah episode from 1988 nearly convinced its host to quit her show. The episode centered on bad husbands and featured a wife, a husband, and his girlfriend on stage. On air, the husband revealed that his girlfriend was with child. Oprah recalled “the look on his wife’s face to this day…I will never forget. I said that will not happen to me again. I will never be put in a position again where I cause that kind of humiliation. and that kind of harm to another human being. And if I have to do it, I will get out of this business.”

12 Oprah Feuded With David Letterman

Oprah is most known for her work that tends to be uplifting and/or socially conscious. Feuds aren’t really her thing. That didn’t stop her from feuding with fellow talk show host David Letterman. Oprah appeared on Letterman’s show in the 1980s and hated the experience, vowing never to appear on the show again. Letterman responded by joking about Oprah’s supposed hatred of him and Oprah refused to speak to him for sixteen years. Since then Letterman made an appearance on Oprah’s Next Chapter and officially buried the hatchet, as Letterman apologized for making her feel uncomfortable on his show.

11 Oprah Became The World’s First Black Female Billionaire

Oprah has been a source of inspiration for millions, particularly women and African Americans, and she has often used her huge platform to highlight the history and social issues surrounding women and African Americans. With this in mind, it’s perfectly fitting that Oprah became the world’s first black female billionaire. Luckily for the world, Oprah has shared much of her wealth with the little guy, having donated over $400 million to charity and starting the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, a South African boarding academy for disadvantaged girls.

10 The Oprah Winfrey Show Inspired A Podcast About Its Creation

Since The Oprah Winfrey Show is one of the most ubiquitous shows in television history, it has inevitably inspired everything from imitations to parodies to more academic literature than anyone could possibly read in five or six lifetimes. As such, it’s no surprise that it would also inspire a podcast. Making Oprah is an acclaimed three-part podcast about the creation of The Oprah Winfrey Show that’s hosted by Jenn White. The series was released in 2016 to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of The Oprah Winfrey Show and was produced by WBEZ, a Chicago based radio station.

9 Oprah’s Show Was Originally Similar To Jerry Springer’s

Over the course of twenty-five years and a staggering 4,561 episodes, Oprah covered every topic imaginable, from celebrities’ personal lives to black history to weight loss plans. However, early Oprah episodes were a touch more intense, focusing on topics such as marriage problems and people with odd lifestyles. Oprah wanted to have a celebrity guest on her first episode but was unable to book anyone famous for the program so the title and topic of her debut episode was “How to Get a Man to Marry You.”

8 “You Get A Car”

If there is one phrase that is most associated with Oprah, it’s “You Get A Car.” The story behind that oddly famous phrase is simple: Oprah’s best friend, Gayle King, became acquainted with a Pontiac executive and he offered to give away 25 Pontiacs on Oprah’s show. Oprah kept asking for more cars until Pontiac decided to give away one car to each member of the show’s live studio audience – a whopping 276 cars! The creators of the show had medical experts on site as they feared that the members of the audience might faint from the excitement of receiving a new car.

7 Oprah Received The Bob Hope Humanitarian Award

Part of the reason why Oprah Winfrey commands so much respect around the world is that she isn’t simply a television host – she’s a dedicated humanitarian. Between her large donations to charity, her school, and her activism for victims of various forms of abuse, Oprah is probably the most significant humanitarian in the history of television. Fittingly, Oprah became the first recipient of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Bob Hope Humanitarian Award in 2002. To date, she is one of only four individuals to receive that award, which is given out irregularly.

6 The Oprah Winfrey Show Won 47 Emmys

Oprah Winfrey has more Emmys than she probably knows what to do with. From the show’s premiere in 1986 to 1999, The Oprah Winfrey Show won a stunning total of 47 Daytime Emmys. After that point, Oprah decided to stop submitting episodes of the show to the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to be considered for Emmy Awards because she felt that she had won enough Emmy Awards and wanted to give other shows the chance to win the coveted golden statuette. Chalk that up as another reason why Oprah is seen as an icon of charity.

5 Oprah Dislikes The “Oprah Effect”

More than any other celebrity, Oprah Winfrey has a profound effect on her fan’s buying habits; this influence has been called the “Oprah effect.” Perhaps the most noted example of the effect is when Oprah discouraged her viewers from eating beef, which led beef suppliers to sue her for a whopping $11 million. Oprah is reportedly not enamored with the effect, opining that her influence on consumers “does not compare to the daily impact and the shift that occurred in the way women, in particular, saw themselves due to her show.”

4 Oprah Once Took Her Entire Staff On A Cruise

Lots of jobs have perks. Some have dental plans, some have enviable numbers of vacation days, and others will let you see a free movie every Tuesday. Oprah is wealthy enough and generous enough that she took her entire staff on a cruise once. People spend ridiculous amounts of money so they can go on a cruise and some pay even more so that they can go on cruises with minor celebrities so the fact that so many people got to go on a free cruise with Oprah Winfrey is absolutely amazing.

3 She Would Give Her Audience All The Items On Her Favorite Things List

Another major example of the so-called “Oprah effect” is the power of Oprah’s Favorite Things List which has convinced many Oprah fans to purchase items which have been endorsed by the Queen of All Media. The list started when Oprah gave free pairs of pajamas to her staff and later bought her employees 500 pairs of Ugg boots. The show’s producer, Ellen Rabieten, suggested that Oprah tape an episode of her show where she made a “Favorite Things” list and gifted every item on the list to her studio audience. She did this for eight years.

2 Oprah Co-Hosted A Show Before Taking It Over Herself

Oprah’s first show was AM Chicago. Originally, she co-hosted the show. During her first month as a host, the show’s ratings went from being the lowest in Chicago to being the highest in the city, all because of Oprah’s extreme magnetism. She eventually became the program’s sole host and her prominence only grew from there. The acclaim that Oprah garnered for her role in Steven Spielberg’s historical drama, The Color Purple, caused the show to be renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show to highlight Oprah’s presence on the program in the hope that fans of the movie might watch the show.

1 The Oprah Winfrey Show Is The Highest Rated Talk Show Ever

While it might not get the same level of critical acclaim as scripted television shows, the daytime talk show has had a profound effect on the global television landscape for decades now. There have been numerous talk shows that have gained major followings, from The View to The Jerry Springer Show to The Maury Povich Show. With that kind of competition, it’s especially impressive that The Oprah Winfrey Show managed to become the highest rated talk show of them all.  Even a hundred years from now, Oprah will still be remembered as one of television’s premier personalities.


2019-04-17 06:04:56

Matthew Trzcinski